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World Whisky Day 2016

 

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Are you a fan of the old’ whisky? Well, raise a dram this weekend, in celebration of a day founded during one young Scot’s valiant crusade to spread the enjoyment of whisky around the world!

World Whisky Day, the brainchild of 24-year old enthusiast Blair Bowman, falls upon May 21st. Back in 2012, while taking Hispanic Studies at Aberdeen University, Bowman found a noticeable gap in “important” days of alcohol. They had International Beer Day, so why the severe lack of whisky recognition? Blair took it upon himself to found World Whisky Day.

Back in 2012, while taking Hispanic Studies at Aberdeen University, Bowman found a noticeable gap in “important” days of alcohol. They had International Beer Day, so why the severe lack of whisky recognition? Blair took it upon himself to found World Whisky Day, which aims to enlighten the world of how great a drink it is!

Since its founding, Blair sold his creation to Hot Rum Cow, a publishing firm. The details are scarce, but some say Blair scored himself a six-figure deal, cracking!

Perhaps you are yet to try the nectar of life? Not to worry, World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram! Events are held across the globe to commemorate the day, with a complete map of said events available on the World Whisky Day Website. However, if you’re unfortunate enough not to have an event occurring near you, why not host your own? Grab yourself a bottle, a few friends and make the most of it! You should also know that Whisky Day does NOT discriminate. Wherever it’s brewed, whisky is whisky, enough said!

For those of you seeking a real gem to cherish, we have a few luxurious recommendations from our friend, Paul Foxon, a whisky artisan and Assistant General Manager of Boisdale of Belgravia, a traditional Scottish restaurant located in the heart of London:

Ardbeg ‘Lord of the Isles’

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At 25 years old this whisky embodies the richness, depth and sweetness of all Ardbegs. Light gold in colour and robust in character. A unique, much-sought-after bottling of an outs

A dark, smoky yet balanced aroma with powerful peat and a sweet mouthfeel. The palate is silky with fruitiness, usually reminiscent of lemons, with a quick suggestion of cherries.  The flavours become almond and walnut-like, then root and peppery.  A long dry finish with chocolate malt and crushed peat.

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Speyside, distillery bottling

This release has been created using 32 casks, 23 of which were American oak and 9 were European sherry. Each cask was hand selected by master blender David Stewart. Bottled at 50.3% volume with 8500 bottles produced in total.  Bright amber in colour and a soft, creamy aroma, with ripe plums and prunes, topped by an intriguing fragrant note – rose water. Enlivened by a fresh, nose-cooling squeeze of orange zest, this whisky is deliciously feminine. The taste is sweet, fragrant and tannic, with white pepper and light, creamy vanilla; a lengthy finish.

Springbank 15

Campbeltown, distillery bottling

Another fine malt for a Havana, Springbank 15yo has an almost bewildering array of flavours: dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla are just some of

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the notes on show. Top-class.

However, for some water is a luxury, never mind whisky. This year, the sponsored charity of World Whisky Day is Just a Drop, who are aiming to raise a minimum of £15,000 to help the people of Kalima South village in Makueni County, Kenya. It is a worthy cause, providing fresh, clean water to those who desperately need it.

All donations are graciously accepted; you can donate by visiting their website from the link above.

 

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